This is the second 7-eleven coffee I am reviewing. The first one did not get posted online because it was not good (I did not stir the coffee as the shot was being poured to mix the coffee/milk and it challenging to drink!).
It’s a bit weak, a little creamy, not bad for a companion to hang out with in the car while doing a road trip. There is something of a “coffee” flavour in it…if I can say that. If you want a “coffee” I would not recommend, but if you want something, then ok get it.
If you desire, you can get this for $1 at any 7-eleven or free if you fill up 7 times with the 7-eleven app.
An espresso shot was poured from 19g of fresh grounds from a manual machine (i.e. without milk) … with the grind settings changed from blend #3 we are hoping for a 36 mL pour in 24 seconds … after spilling those grounds and trying again the coffees were ready … mmm cold winters night in Germany, maybe even snowing, chill in the air but warm at cosy. Almost a maple syrup / woody / smoked flavour. Perhaps toasted fruitcake with a sweet aftertaste. Very smooth.
Adding a little milk … a very different taste … brings out the woody note a little more. It’s like the bitter taste in 70-90% cocoa chocolate.
An espresso shot was poured from 19g of fresh grounds from a manual machine (i.e. without milk) … so the total pour was 23 mL total done over 24 seconds for #3 blend … perhaps we should have got 36 mL so we were grinding it a little fine so we are expecting a more bitter coffee because we were extracting it slower … ohh that’s smooth; it tastes a bit more like coffee! Almost like I didn’t feel it in my mouth. Then there’s a nice dark coffee note that lingers – it’s like a warm wood fired room on a rainy cold day; just nice and cosy. It makes me sleepy. Very nice.
Adding a little milk … it often changes everything … so this one I’d almost prefer as a shot … or a long mac topped up (i.e. just a dash of milk on-top). It’s not got the hats the ladies wear on Melbourne Race Day; it’s more of a smart cap. A straightforward coffee.
An espresso shot was poured from 19g of fresh grounds from a manual machine (i.e. without milk) … a lot nicer and smoother than #1 … leaves a more bitter than sour note in your mouth … it starts off as that classic coffee taste you would get from a Lavazza Coffee in Italy – then ends with a flurry of chocolate/caramel flavour. The middle note seems off.
Adding a little milk … doesn’t change the flavour as much as milk does to other coffees; a similar flavour is coming through. With milk it gets rid of the sour note / middle peak note before it changes to the chocolate flavour … the chocolate crescendo.
An espresso shot was poured from 19g of fresh grounds from a manual machine (i.e. without milk) … a single origin seasonal blend … the first taste is like that sour feeling you get in your mouth when you taste a red wine before eating any food. The citrus taste was strong … very interesting … sour grapefruit notes – it almost doesn’t taste like coffee!
Adding a little milk … rounds all the edges off and is “not bad.”
A mysterious coffee, I’ve been drinking it for the last half week and have not figured it out yet. Soft, but with character. A character that makes you want to try it again to figure it out. It has a natural sweetness but…to find out more I will need to try it more.
Buy online or in Perth or Melbourne in person from five senses coffee. You can get them to grind the beans to suit your method of coffee making.